The transformation of the former Alberta Boot Company site on 10th Avenue SW has become an archetype of the Beltline's evolution. Rampant vertical construction had historically been contained to the downtown core, but inner-city neighbourhoods are now finding ways to accommodate new growth by reinventing underutilized properties. In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we look back at just how much impact the Beltline's two most recent additions have had.

Alberta Boot site in February 2010, image by Kevin Cappis

The single-storey warehouse-style Alberta Boot building that occupied the site was looking increasingly out of place by February 2010, the date of the above photo, when Eighth Avenue Place was making its presence felt in the core. By 2016, the building had been demolished, and its towering replacement was in its construction infancy.

January 2018 view of the Residence Inn project, image by Kevin Cappis

Last month, the project's proponents celebrated the topping out of the IBI Group-designed Residence Inn by Marriott and the sibling residential tower directly to the west. Revisiting and recapturing the location from the same angle as the 2010 photo, the view is completely different. The patterned glass hotel now blocks sightlines to the downtown core, while the retail and parking podium of the residential tower soars above the lot.

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Related Companies:  GWL Realty Advisors, IBI Group, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts